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International Symposium: The Attractiveness of a Newly Discovered "Folding Screen Depicting the Cityscape of Osaka in the Toyotomi Period" - Old Castle in Graz, Austria and Japan

Date & Time: September 28, 2007 (Fri.) 13:00 - 17:00

Venue: Multimedia AV Big room, SHOBUNKAN 1F., Senriyama Campus


A folding screen depicting Osaka of the Toyotomi period was newly discovered in an old castle in Austria.

Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa?Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies will hold an international symposium on a "Folding Screen Depicting the Cityscape of Osaka in the Toyotomi Period" housed by Schloss Eggenberg (Eggenberg Castle Museum), which is part of Landesmuseum Joanneum (Joanneum Provincial Museum) in Graz, Austria's second largest city.

This eight-panel folding screen is displayed in an "Indian Room" in Schloss Eggenberg. In May last year, Mr. Peter Pakesch, director of Landesmuseum Joanneum, asked Dr. Franziska Ehmcke, an expert on Japanese art and professor of department of oriental studies, University of Cologne, Germany, to conduct research on the folding screen. In September of the same year, Dr. Ehmcke, who was in Japan as an invited researcher at Kansai University, visited the Center with some photos of the folding screen. Mr. Hiroshi Kitagawa, the Center's research fellow and deputy director of research at Osaka Castle Museum, and his colleagues studied the photos and determined that the folding screen housed by Schloss Eggenberg is the one that depicts Osaka of the Toyotomi period, rarely seen even in Japan. Later in October last year, Dr. Ehmcke introduced the folding screen through her lecture at Kansai University. The next day an article about the lecture with a color photo of the folding screen appeared on the front page in the Asahi Shimbun.

This year the Center concluded an agreement on a joint research on the folding screen between Landesmuseum Joanneum and Osaka Castle Museum. As part of the agreement, the Center will hold an international symposium to explore the attractiveness of the folding
screen by focusing on the history of Japan-Europe relations.

We hope many people will participate in the International Symposium on the newly discovered "Folding Screen Depicting the Cityscape of Osaka in the Toyotomi Period."


Profiles of lecturers

   Panelists
      Franziska Ehmcke
      Professor, Japanology, East Asian Seminar, University of Cologne, Germany
  
      Barbara Kaiser
      Chief Curator, Schloss Eggenberg

      Peter Pakesch
      Director, Landesmuseum Joanneum

      Keizo Asaji
      Prof. of European History, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University

      Kazumitsu Kuroda
      Prof., Faculty of Letters, Kansai University and Research Fellow, Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa-Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies

      Yoichi Hase
      Prof., Faculty of Letters, Kansai University and Research Fellow,
      Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa-Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies

   Interpreter
      Masako Sugitani
      Prof., Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University

   Coordinator
      Yutaka Yabuta
      Prof., Faculty of Letters, Kansai University and General Project Leader,
      Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa-Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies


How to apply:
Please send a postage-paid postcard or an e-mail marked "Application for International Symposium on Sep. 28" with your name, address and phone number to Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa-Osaka Cultural Heritage. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is September 14, 2007, but we will stop accepting them when full.

※ We will accept your applications on the day of the event if the number of applicants has not exceeded the number of seats available.
(Please note, however, that seats and simultaneous interpretation devices will be available to 200 people only.)

For inquiries, please contact:

Kansai University Research Center for Naniwa-Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies
Kansai University Museum
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita City, Osaka 564-8680
Tel: 06-6368-0095 Fax: 06-6368-0092
E-mail: naniwajm.kansai-u.ac.jp

August 28, 2007 03:11 PM  UP

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